With a critical loss to the New England Patriots Sunday night, the 1-3 Atlanta Falcons have now fallen three games behind the New Orleans Saints, as they defeated the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football 38-17. One of the goals for the Falcons was to defend their crown as NFC South Champions, but that goal has become more unrealistic at this point as the rival Saints hold a firm lead.
Currently, the Falcons are in third place within their own division, as the Carolina Panthers are coming off a bye week holding the second spot. While the season is still very young, it will be very difficult for the Falcons to catch the Saints.
As Week 4 is in the books, both teams’ schedules are fairly difficult, as each of them will have to play both the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers later in the season. After several Saints’ players served their time for their role in the infamous Bounty Scandal, the Saints have been on a mission to avenge their pitiful 2012 season.
With Sean Payton back as their head coach, Drew Brees and the Saints have become relevant once again. While the Saints are on the rise, the Falcons have dug themselves in a hole with an early loss to the Saints in their season opener and losing to the Dolphins.
Although the Falcons are on the outside looking in they are still a very talented team, and with the right adjustments they have a slim chance of winning the NFC South Division for the second year in a row if they can put a win streak of their own together in the next couple of weeks.
Even if the Falcons finally find their footing in a season that has started off as a nightmare, unless the Saints cool off from a scorching hot start, the Falcons will have a tough time defending their crown.
At this point, however, the Saints are in the driver’s seat and control their own destiny. As for the Falcons, they will need to start winning to secure a Wild Card and pray that the Saints slip up just enough to give the them a fighting chance to win the division.